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Posted by Blisshead on July 02, 2001 at 14:29:03:
In Reply to: Re: and I'm stuck posted by Dave Rawlings on July 02, 2001 at 09:04:56:
: Why would you want to keep up with the guitar player? In my opinion, if you want to keep up with a guitar player (speed-wise), just play guitar! As bass players, it's our job to hold down the bottom with a mixture of harmony and rhythm. sure, it sounds good once in a while to pull off a Jaco-esque solo but even tht gets old quick. I'm not a soloinst nor do I plan in it. Some of the best players I've ever heard are the one who lay down the groove so solid it would survive through an earthquake and you'd still know where "1" is. Remember, this is just an opinion from one player to another. Your (meaning 'mine') jazz technique doesn't lie in fast passages, but being able to make the changes as tasty as you can. you'd be surprised how many ears in both the bands I've played with and the audience, pick up with a nice and tasty chord change they didn't expect but fit in so well they wondered why it was never used before. There lies your talent dude. Go for it and never look back!
Oh, I don't know, I think the bass can have whatever role you feel like taking as a musician. If you want to be a soloist, cool, if you don't, that's up to you. I would hesitate to ever comment to another player about their choice in role. I think what you describe above is one part of the picture, and what the Dave W. describes is another.
Anway- what always gets me going is finding some new and exciting music. I'll look around until I find something that just blows me away, bass player or any other musician. That always motivates me to practice.
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